Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick | Swatches & Review

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well today. Influenster sent me over one of their UK Voxboxes to try out, and it was full to the brim of lovely jubbly Rimmel London lippies* for me to try out. I didn’t have control of the shade selection so I had a massive fingers crossed that I got some good’uns and turns out, I was in luck. I have five of the full 14 shade strong collection to share with you, with unique shades like a deep green, a black, and a charcoal on offer for those with a little more flair.

Peony Faux Flowers Rose Set In Water*

Nails – Candy Coat Gel in 071*


When it comes to packaging, I always think that Rimmel does a good job. They have a vision and they create it – simple. The minimalist packaging ticks all of my boxes, especially the silver detailing and the frosted plastic tube. This is just what I look for in a drugstore lip product, and I think Rimmel have done it so well. They’re also pretty small, but in a good way – popping this in your bag wont be an issue. I always find choosing a clutch restrictive when I’m wearing something like the Kat Von D formula which is in a long skinny tube.


(in order of swatches)

Moca – Brown nude with peachy undertones

Blush – Light/medium pink with cool undertones

Pink Brink – Medium pink with reddish undertone

Coral Sass – Bright pink with slight orange undertone

Midnight – Deep aubergine purple with warm undertones

There are 14 shades of the Stay Matte lippy in total, and I feel like I did get a good variety of shades to try out from Influenster. However, I do believe that a red would have been amazing to test in this liquid lipstick formula, so I might go ahead and pick up Firestarter in store.

I so wanted to fall in love with the shade Moca, but it just washed me out and made my teeth look really yellow – boo! I have a sneaky feeling this might look bomb on someone with pale skin as a more grungy shade or on a tan/medium skin tone as a nude. Same story with Blush, which was just too cool toned on my olive skin and someone with pale cool undertones would totally rock this out.

Pink Brink, on the other hand, is beauuuutiful on me and is definitely my favourite out of the bunch. It’s got the perfect undertone for a rosy-nude, almost “just bitten” colour, with the soft whipped texture on the lips for a very “I didn’t even try” sort of lip look.

Coral Sass just isn’t a shade I would naturally pick up, ever. It’s very bright and defo makes a statement, so if you love a neon lip this could be the one for you. Same goes for Midnight, if your inner goth is calling out!


The nude-y shades are much more opaque and streak-free than their darker sisters, much like every liquid lipstick formula I’ve tried. The formula is very whipped and light, which leaves you with that weightless feeling on the lips without drying them out. As expected the formula dries down completely matte but is very comfortable and I wouldn’t have a problem with wearing this product all day.

I was pleasantly surprised with the application of Midnight, which is the deepest of my collection. It was streaky at first, but built up a few layers without doing that crumbly thing, ya know? This lasted well over a 5 hour test, with only the inside areas of my mouth wearing away due to eating oily food and sipping on drinks. The rest of my lips weren’t cracking or peeling off, and it still felt extremely comfortable and hadn’t tried out my lips at all.

Unfortunately the shade Coral Sass is just a no-go for me, what a disappointment! The other four applied really easily and looked fab after a few swipes, but this lil guy just doesn’t want to layer at all. The formula was streaky and applying more just moves the existing product around. It doesn’t sit nicely wet or dry on my lips, and I just couldn’t get this to work for me at all. Not too much of an issue as this wasn’t my fave colour, but a bit disappointing for bright coral lovers!


All of the nude/pink shades were dreams to apply, and if you fancy the pants off any of these shades I definitely suggest picking them or any similar shades up. I’m definitely falling for Pink Brink which I think may become my new nude go-to, just a sneaky feeling. All in all, a brill under £6 liquid lippy that wont dry out your lips, or make your bank balance go bust. Looking for a new lipstick love? Take a chance on the Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks!

Have you tried this formula yet?

What did you think of it?


*These products were sent to me for review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. Hannah
    July 25, 2017 / 12:23 AM

    Oh my goodness Pink Brink is gorgeous! I always get worried that mattes will dry my lips out but these sound great. On my wish list x hannahsnotebook.net

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:41 PM

      It really is, it's beaut!

  2. Rhiannon Pulling
    July 25, 2017 / 6:15 AM

    I love the swatches of Blush and Pink Brink, so pretty! I find Rimmel always make great lip products x Everything But The Kitchen

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:43 PM

      I really enjoyed this formula for sure!

  3. Vicki Bruce
    July 25, 2017 / 3:06 PM

    Gorgeous post! I am all about a nude lip and I can't wait to treat myself to a couple of the more wearable pink / nude shades. https://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:45 PM

      Yes girl, a blush nude is perfect for me! xo

  4. Nicole Merza
    July 28, 2017 / 4:31 PM

    Your photos are gorgeous, wow! But those swatches look really pretty too. I have to check these out! Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:45 PM

      Thanks so much, Nicole! xo

  5. Gemma Louise
    July 31, 2017 / 9:23 PM

    I got the same shades as you and I absolutely love them, excluding the purple they're all so wearable for me!Gemma Louise

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:46 PM

      I totally agree with you there, Gemma! xo

  6. Anonymous
    August 2, 2017 / 4:57 PM

    OMG the purple shade is gorgeous! :Dhttps://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      August 11, 2017 / 8:55 PM

      Thanks so much lovely! xo

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